All of our teachers are Yoga Alliance certified, and come from a variety of yoga lineages. Each one has been inspired by yoga in unique ways. Which makes each teacher's passion, and connection to yoga shine through their teaching. Each class is special and different from the next. Find which one suits you the best.
Director & Yoga Teacher
Marianne discovered the countless benefits of yoga and meditation around 2003, and has enjoyed practicing and learning ever since. She has worked as a Pediatric Physical Therapist Assistant serving Children with Special Needs since 1999. Marianne was trained as a Children’s Yoga Teacher in January of 2014 with Kidding Around Yoga, and began…
Rebecca (Becca) Martino Cohen has a broad background in sports, yoga, and wellness. She is a Professional Yoga Therapist and a registered yoga teacher at the ERYT500 hour level. She completed her first teacher training at the Sivananda ashram in Kerala, India and finished her advanced training with Integrative Yoga Therapy. She is also…
Ken was introduced to yoga in 2010 during a visit to his sister in Denver and is excited to incorporate it into his life. Besides being a yogi, he is also an avid runner and Crossfitter. Yoga has been beneficial in helping Ken to breathe more effectively in his other athletic activities and he would like to share this and other benefits with those around him!
He is a highly energetic…
Laurie Taillie completed her RYT200 at Shakti Yoga in 2015. She has been teaching yoga at Blue Pearl Yoga in Batavia for several years. It was the original owner of Blue Pearl, Karen Reisdorf, who inspired her to move from a student of yoga to a teacher of yoga….
I began practicing yoga years ago intermittently. After knee surgery from a running injury, I needed a low impact exercise. Turning back to yoga with more commitment, I discovered a true love for the practice. I have a daily yoga/meditation practice that has changed my perspective on life…
Reiki Master and Instructor
Joni is a certified Tai Chi instructor and Reiki Master/Teacher and Karuna® Reiki Master/Teacher. Joni organizes and facilitates monthly Reiki Shares held at Blue Pearl. She adds seven years of martial arts skill along with certification in Dan Ming Qi Gong and Thai Yoga Massage. She has been attending yoga classes at Blue Pearl since 2005. She loves being a teacher as much as being a student and loves learning from young and old alike.
I have been a yoga student for 17 years and taught for more than half of that. I've been blessed to have great friends and yogins help and guide me along the way.
Rich enjoys teaching and being a life-long learner. Rich is an RYT-500 yoga instructor, a Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master, Tai Chi instructor, meditation instructor and Qi Gong practitioner….
Denise Glidden’s first foray into yoga was over 15 years ago, at home, as a chance to get some exercise while raising 2 young children. She practiced with Rodney Yee, Suzanne Deason & Brian Kest and their DVD routines.
When Karen Reisdorf first opened Blue Pearl Yoga it was an opportunity to do yoga outside the home, with an instructor who could guide and give feedback. Karen gave her a deeper appreciation for all that yoga has to offer, aside from its exercise challenges…
Patty Hawley completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Rebecca Cohen in 2015 and teaches several classes at Blue Pearl.
A long-time runner, Patty dabbled in yoga for years but didn't fully commit to a daily practice until she added a strong meditation component.
An injury to her back brought her, once again, to Blue Pearl for healing. Through yoga, Patty has found a peaceful place to land every day. Through meditation, she's found a way for her soul to take flight.